Samsung Files For Laser Technology Patent To Monitor Health

March 13, 2016 - Written By Justin Diaz

Samsung’s most current devices are already capable of monitoring health vitals and different types of data about our bodies through a handful of different sensors, making it possible to track heart rate, blood oxygen level, fingerprints and more. While these sensors can prove quite useful to those who are rather health conscious and have a desire to know all of this information at a moment’s notice, Samsung may be looking into alternative ways to deliver health monitoring as suggested by a new patent they have applied for with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

According to the new patent, Samsung looks to be researching the use of an advanced laser technology to monitor health through its Galaxy devices and Gear wearable products, called Laser Speckle Interferometric technology. More than just heart rate, this new laser speckle system would be used to also track blood pressure, blood velocity level, pulse rate, and skin conditions. Samsung originally filed for the patent back in September of last year with no indication so far that they have been granted the patent by the USPTO. As such there is currently no time frame on when the public might see this sort of technology implemented within future Samsung devices. It is highly likely however that Samsung is still continuing to research and develop this technology until they are able to produce devices with the tech inside under a trademark.

Using the laser beam that’s emitted from the light source and scattered onto the skin of the wearer/user, a speckle pattern is formed which then is recorded by the detector inside of the system, and then measures particular vitals based on the pulsation of the arteries under the skin. There’s no indication of whether or not this type of a system would be more effective than the sensors that are already being used in Samsung’s devices today, and it’s entirely possible that Samsung may never end up using this technology inside of future devices at all. If they do end up introducing this technology however, it would likely replace the current types of sensors that Samsung is using now.